The stage is yours with a degree in music performance. Whether you hope to perform in an opera, recording studio, orchestra, band, chorus, chamber ensemble or as a soloist, our program will help you refine your abilities in music performance and pursue a career as an artist and performer.
Prepare for a professional career in studio performance and/or teaching with our Bachelor of Music program. The program will also prepare you for success in graduate study.
Your involvement in our music groups, as well as your own recitals, is an integral part of your education. Many of our groups tour nationally and internationally, giving you a multitude of performance experience before you graduate. You will also participate in regional solo competitions, workshops and master classes, on-campus weekly professional development classes, visiting artists' master classes/workshops, studio performance classes, and regional and/or national workshops and clinics.
As a music performance major, you'll receive extensive private instruction in your area of specialization. Solo recitals will enhance your performance skills, and you will take special courses related to your performance area. For example, vocalists will take classes in diction and language, while keyboard players may take classes in pedagogy. Pedagogy courses are highly recommended for all students.
The University's prime location affords you a multitude of arts experiences and performance opportunities. The city boasts the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dayton Opera, several ballet companies, the Bach Society of Dayton and numerous churches with large music ministry programs. Artists who appear with the philharmonic or opera often present on-campus master classes and clinics. We have recently welcomed renowned musical artists such as Lawrence Brownlee, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Frederica von Stade, Richard Stolzman, Barry Tuckwell and Howard Watkins.
The Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
For more information, visit the Department of Music website.
Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".
A variety of opportunities are available to students majoring in music performance. Whether you're curious what career opportunities await you; what internships, research projects or student clubs are available; or who your professors will be, we can help you find the answers.